Land Use Bylaw

Every homeowner or business owner in Cochrane is impacted by the Land Use Bylaw (LUB), even if they don’t know it. Before their building was built or before their neighbourhood was developed, the Land Use Bylaw established rules to govern what could be built where and for what purpose. The Land Use Bylaw is the most specific and often the most powerful tool in the hierarchy of planning documents. It is used to implement the community’s shared vision for development in Cochrane.
• Current Land Use Bylaw 01/2004 (Consolidated Version)
More info: or 403-851-2570.

Current projects

Accessory suites

Changes have been proposed to speed up and streamline the application process:
• administrative changes to align regulations
• change of development authority (to development officer)

Other proposed changes:
• clarify requirement to consider safe access
• no wider driveways (as per Council and SDAB decisions)

Find out more and give your feedback:
Accessory suite bylaw open house
Thursday October 27, 9-11am
Visitor Information Centre, 521 First St W

Public Service (PS) District Review Project

The Town of Cochrane has initiated a review of the Public Service (PS) District, a land use district (zone) defined in the Town’s Land Use Bylaw (LUB) and typically assigned to properties with cultural, educational, institutional, recreational and other public land uses.

  • To ensure the Public Service District and Land Use Bylaw meet the requirements of the Municipal Government Act
  • To ensure the Public Service District remains current and effective in regulating cultural, educational, institutional, recreational and other public-related land uses.
Steps in the review:
  • identify locations with the PS designation
  • assess the appropriateness of the designation
  • propose updates to land use designation (if required)
Note: any proposed updates are required to go before Town Council as Land Use Bylaw amendments